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Ryan Lochte cleared of Rio Olympic incident charge, reports say

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A Brazilian court dropped a criminal case against Ryan Lochte stemming from his Rio Olympic gas-station incident, according to reports.

Lochte was charged with false communication of a crime after he exaggerated his infamous Aug. 15 story after a late-night party during the Games.

The court concluded Thursday that Lochte did not break the law because Rio police initiated the investigation — after Lochte’s first interview with NBC — rather than Lochte, according to U.S. and Brazilian media.

“We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime,” Lochte’s attorney said, according to USA Today and NBC’s affiliate in South Florida. “It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed.”

Lochte was suspended 10 months by USA Swimming after the incident. His ban ended June 30. Lochte was entered in a small meet this week but withdrew, reportedly because he was not in race shape.

Lochte previously returned to non-USA Swimming sanctioned competition and is expected to make a run for a fifth Olympic team in 2020.

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Peyton Manning uses Final Five for Kevin Durant joke at ESPYs

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Peyton Manning roasted Kevin Durant at the ESPYs, with a little help from the Final Five.

In Manning’s opening monologue, he made light of Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors last July, one month before Durant won his second Olympic gold in Rio.

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“I love that the Final Five won the most Olympic medals of any U.S. women’s gymnastics team ever,” Manning said Wednesday night. “And our gymnastics team was so dominant that Kevin Durant told me that he wants to play for them next year. And I got to tell you, I don’t think you’d start for that team, Kevin. Russell Westbrook, what do you think?”

Durant sat stone-faced, appearing to be displeased at being the butt of the joke. Westbrook, too, gave little reaction after losing Durant as a teammate the previous year.

Aly Raisman later reached out to Durant on Twitter.

Manning’s first athlete joke of the 10-minute monologue was about Ryan Lochte, whose Rio gas-station incident was also fodder for Jimmy Fallon at the MTV Video Music Awards one week after the Olympics.

“The ESPYs finally got it right this year, because normally some comedian or entertainer or Matthew Perry comes up here and just tears the athletes to shreds,” Manning said. “I know what some of y’all are thinking, right? [Pro wrestler] John Cena hosted the ESPYs last year, and he’s an athlete. John Cena is an athlete the same way that Ryan Lochte is a reliable witness. It’s just not an accurate statement, right? [Michael] Phelps, am I right? I’m right, yeah, thank you Phelps.”

Lochte was not believed to be in attendance. When the camera panned to Phelps, he hid his face while laughing.

In 2013, Lochte was the butt of a Jon Hamm ESPYs monologue joke, which also caused Phelps to crack up.

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Ryan Lochte returns to USA Swimming competition after suspension ends

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Ryan Lochte will compete for the first time since the end of his 10-month suspension and for the first time as a father this week.

The 12-time Olympic medalist is entered in the Los Angeles Invitational with races Friday and Saturday at his new training location, the University of Southern California.

Lochte, whose son, Caiden, was born June 8, is entered in the 50m and 100m freestyles and the 200m individual medley.

Lochte was suspended through June 30 by USA Swimming for his Rio gas-station incident. He competed once during the ban at a non-USA Swimming sanctioned April masters meet, where he won multiple races.

Lochte is ineligible for the world championships that start July 23 in Budapest, meaning he will miss worlds for the first time since 2003.

Lochte plans to compete through the 2020 Olympic season, eyeing his fifth Games.

Lochte will turn 36 years old during the Tokyo Olympics, making him older than all but two previous U.S. Olympic swimmers in individual events (Edgar Adams, 1904, and Dara Torres, 2008).

While Michael Phelps has retired, fellow dads Anthony Ervin (two-time Olympic 50m free champ) and Matt Grevers (2012 Olympic 100m back champ) are still competing.

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